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How to Prepare Your House for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching and you want to take full advantage of this festive time with the kids or your friends by decorating the inside as much as the outside of your home.  Here are some ideas for dressing up your home with creativity and good taste for this year’s Halloween festivities!

1. Carving jack-o’-lanterns

Whether painted or left in its natural colour, a lit-up jack-o’-lantern sets a mood for every great Halloween party. Once the mouth and eyes are drawn, cut out and empty your pumpkin. You can place it on the front porch of the house, on your stairs, or even in your backyard. That way, it will be ready to light up on Halloween night. Mouhahahaha!

2. Goulish garlands

Home-made or store-bought orange and black garlands are must-haves to create a boo-tiful spirit at home. Switch to alternate colours in lighter shades to lessen the effect of dark colours. Hang them around the house where everyone can already feel invited to the party.

3. An eerie mantel

Nothing beats a spooky candlelit fireplace whether it’s functional or purely decorative. Fireplaces are often at the centre of many "haunted" horror movie houses. Lend some hocus-pocus to your mantel with these simple items: pumpkins, candles, frames with creepy images, etc. But be careful when the candles burn. Make sure paper and other decorations are pulled well away from flames and out of reach of potential sparks.

4. Pretty miniature pumpkins

Cute and adorable, miniature pumpkins abound in our markets and groceries this season. Set them in various spots around the house. They can also be the starting point for creating a gnarly-themed centrepiece using wooden branches, dried flowers, foliage and, of course, pretty little pumpkins.

5. A Halloween tree

A Christmas tree, for sure, but a Halloween tree . . . why not? Use several tree branches in natural shades or painted black. You can even pick up these mini-trees in the store. Decorate them in orange, black or white with miniature ghosts, fake candy bags, little witches, bats, etc.

6. A leafy hanging wreath

You and your guests will love the effect of a wreath adorned in the warm colours of Halloween, hanging right on your door. Stores offer many original choices, however, if you have the time, why not make one yourself? Just use old branches or paper. You can also choose to buy a base, a neutral metal or plastic wreath that you can decorate at your leisure. Be creative and impress the neighbourhood!

7. A large bouquet of orange flowers

It’s easy to place a bouquet of fall flowers outdoors, but you can also put one indoors, on your entrance table or coffee table, for example. Buy a nice Halloween bouquet from a florist near you. Choose flowers and branches with warm colours and orange accents, such as roses, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, gerberas and lilies, just to name a few.

8. Outdoor lights to illuminate the house

Set the mood by hanging strings of lights outside the house. Drape them on the windows, string them on the balcony or even through the fence. Choose lights with warm colours, and even, unusual shapes. It is easy to find strings of lights with Halloween-themed designs such as ghosts and bats. Or try beautiful white lights—a classic—that you can then use for the Christmas holiday season!

9. Spook-tacular recipes for the occasion

What would Halloween be without its treats? Why not start off with sweet homemade recipes before ransacking the supermarket aisles? Think of decorated cookies shaped like witches and bats, maple taffy candy, Frankenstein marshmallows. Keep them fresh and in view by placing them in Mason jars or clear cookie containers.

Happy Halloween!

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